02/13/2012 02:02 EST | Updated 04/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Psychiatric test set for Quebecer charged with killing his mother and two nieces

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - A Quebec man charged with murdering three family members will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Pascal Morin appeared in court on Monday in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic.

The 35-year-old Morin was charged Saturday in the deaths of his 70-year-old mother and her two granddaughters — his nieces — aged eight and 11.

Police found their bodies in a home in St-Romain, a village of about 600 in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

Crown prosecutor Andre Campagna requested that Morin be given a psychiatric evaluation to determine his mental state at the time of the alleged incidents.

Morin is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 23 on the first-degree murder charges.